LEXINGTON (April 6, 2017) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has added an additional member to its stable of equine-focused professionals. Danielle Jostes came on board in March as equine philanthropy director, a role that will capitalize on both her track record of fundraising in a university setting and her passion for equine and agriculture.
“To me, this position was the perfect combination of my profession and passion. I believe philanthropy has the ability to make such a meaningful impact, and as a horse owner and enthusiast, I am thrilled to join a great university located in the horse capital of the world,” Jostes said. “Lexington’s dominance of the equine industry and UK’s equine focus make this a perfect opportunity to grow and continue the long-standing tradition of excellence in equine.”
“I am so pleased to have someone of Danielle’s passion and experience join the philanthropy team in the college. She will be vital to attaining our goals to build the premier equine program for research and education in the world,” said Pamela Gray, senior director of philanthropy within the college.
Jostes grew up in Central Illinois on a quarter-horse farm, where her family continues to raise horses and farm hay. She comes to UK from the University of Louisville, where she served as assistant director of development and managed the philanthropy efforts of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute within the School of Medicine. Before that, she was operations manager for the Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and worked for the American Cancer Society in Louisville.
Jostes earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational communications with a minor in agriculture from Murray State University’s College of Business and Public Affairs and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Louisville.
“I am very pleased that Danielle has joined our program as the director of equine philanthropy. The UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation has provided important financial support to the Gluck Equine Research Center for the past 30 years, and her position is intended to continue and expand those efforts by recommitting the board to its philanthropic mission,” said David Horohov, chair of the Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. “Danielle brings the necessary experience, skills and expertise to facilitate this effort. I very much look forward to working with her and the board on this important task.”
“Danielle brings a unique enthusiasm and experience to this new position. We are excited to work with her to bring the UK Ag Equine Program to the next level,” said Mick Peterson, director of UK Ag Equine Programs.
According to Gray, Jostes will focus on connecting individuals and stakeholders in meaningful ways to the strategic priorities within the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation and all of the college’s equine-related programs. She will serve as a conduit for their passion for the industry and will work to match that passion with the college’s strategic goals and objectives to better serve the industry.